Sethe has had an extremely difficult life. Being a slave for 18 years, having her family dying and being dysfunctional, and, the small aspect of her being haunted by her dead infant. The labors of her life are shown on her body through scars, these are the only memories that she cannot suppress from Denver, for whom she protects from everything else. It was really interesting when Paul D, who lusted after Sethe, kissed the scars on her breasts, and the whole house shook because of the temper of Beloved. This really showed how Sethe cannot, under any circumstances think about her own comfort and happiness,even after she is free of slave, she is still bound by her children and her protection and shelter she provides for them. And if her own emotions do not understand that enough, all that has to happen is for Beloved to make a scene and Sethe will resume her normal unrested activities.